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1 CN BC: Editorial: At Least They're TryingFri, 08 Dec 2017
Source:Langley Times (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:49 Added:12/08/2017

A funeral home in Aldergrove decided they needed to do something after seeing so many heartbroken families lose loved ones to a drug overdose. The funeral directors have put together an awareness and prevention campaign that does aim to shock people about how deadly drugs are.

In an unusual move, the BC Coroner's Office has come out against Alternative Funeral and Cremation Service's awareness campaign, saying scare tactics don't work, they only further stigmatize drug users.

While it's true the D.A.R.E. program and Just Say No hasn't been successful in deterring youth from trying hard drugs, it likely did impact a few kids here and there. And at this point in this fentanyl epidemic - reaching anyone is better than doing nothing. It isn't costing taxpayers anything.

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2 CN BC: Vets Seeing More Dogs On DrugsFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Langley Times (CN BC) Author:Tamminga, Monique Area:British Columbia Lines:84 Added:08/04/2017

Langley vet says she treats at least one dog a month that ingests pot

In the last couple years, veterinarians have seen an increase in the number of dogs that have ingested harmful drugs, mainly marijuana.

"We have seen a notable increase in the last few years of dogs coming to the hospital having ingested pot. We get at least one per month," said Langley veterinarian, Dr. Renee Ferguson of Mountainview Veterinary Hospital.

"Unfortunately, it is becoming common that dogs eat pot or drugs while out on a walk or at a park," she said.

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3 CN BC: Are Langley And Canada Going To Pot?Fri, 20 Jan 2017
Source:Langley Times (CN BC) Author:Landreville, Troy Area:British Columbia Lines:177 Added:01/21/2017

With the release of a 106-page federal task force report, the possibility of legalizing marijuana inches closer to reality

Legalizing marijuana in Canada - once passed off as a pipe dream - appears to be gaining traction.

And in the wake of a 106-page report drafted by a federal task force on legalized recreational marijuana, advocates aren't just blowing smoke.

The study containing more than 80 recommendations gives shape to a Liberal promise to the legalize recreational pot consumption and sales, with safeguards in place to restrict youth access and choke off the illicit market that fuels criminal enterprises.

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4 CN BC: PUB LTE: Failed Logic Of ProhibitionFri, 20 Jan 2017
Source:Langley Times (CN BC) Author:White, Stan Area:British Columbia Lines:32 Added:01/20/2017

Editor: Conservative MP Mark Warawa illustrates problems with cannabis (marijuana) prohibition - Are Langley And Canada Going To Pot? (the Times, Jan. 20) - and their failed logic.

While responsible adults may purchase a truckload of whiskey, they're concerned with approximately one ounce of plant material that hasn't killed anyone in over 5,000 years of documented use.

As expected, 30 grams of cannabis may be worth $300 or more on the black market while it is illegal, however, Colorado has proven the price of re-legalized and regulated cannabis may be reduced by 50 per cent.

Why would anyone want to force the black market to regulate (always available) cannabis rather than force government to do its job?

Stan White,

Dillon, Colorado


5 CN BC: Letter: Fraser Health Working Hard To Address OverdoseFri, 06 Jan 2017
Source:Langley Times (CN BC) Author:Marchbank, Michael Area:British Columbia Lines:91 Added:01/09/2017

Editor: In 2016, British Columbians faced the public health emergency that is the overdose crisis.

As of Nov. 30, 755 people in our province had died last year due to an overdose - 259 of those deaths occurring in the Fraser Health region.

That's 259 sons, daughters, partners and friends who have lost their lives to an issue that has impacted our society at all levels.

In our region of 1.8 million people, the overdose crisis has touched all of our communities.

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6 CN BC: Fentanyl To Blame In More Than 330 B.C. DeathsFri, 09 Dec 2016
Source:Langley Times (CN BC) Author:Tamminga, Monique Area:British Columbia Lines:107 Added:12/12/2016

Dr. Ingrid Tyler, the lead medical health officer at Fraser Health dealing with harm reduction and the fentanyl crisis, says the best way to save the life of a person who has overdosed on the deadly drug is to give them breaths, through mouth-to-mouth CPR.

A fentanyl overdose causes the victim to stop breathing, so providing air is essential to saving lives, said Tyler.

However, giving CPR to someone who is overdosing comes with its own serious set of risks to the person administrating the life-saving technique, she warned.

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7 CN BC: 'We Don't Want To Go To Any More Funerals'Fri, 09 Dec 2016
Source:Langley Times (CN BC) Author:Tamminga, Monique Area:British Columbia Lines:78 Added:12/10/2016

Alex Wilkinson and Preston Pearce both had infectious smiles, lots of friends and family who deeply loved them. As well, they both graduated from Walnut Grove Secondary.

What the two also had in common, tragically, is that they both died at 19 from a drug overdose.

Family and friends of the two WGSS alumni have made a powerful video that can be seen on Youtube (WGSS Drug Awareness Video - We Are a Community).

In the video, Alex's younger sister, Grace, speaks about her brother, saying he was always looking after her, was goofy and "the best big brother."

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8 CN BC: Editorial: Fighting A Losing BattleFri, 09 Dec 2016
Source:Langley Times (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:54 Added:12/10/2016

By the end of October, more than 620 people in B.C. had died from drug overdoses in 2016. That's up markedly from the 397 deaths in the same 10 months of 2015.

Of those who died this year, 332 (roughly 60 per cent) fatalities came as a result of the additive fentanyl.

Those are the most recent numbers available to us and they have no doubt climbed even higher during the past six weeks.

For today's four-story series Dying to get high, reporter Monique Tamminga spoke with some of the the people who are dealing with the fallout of illegal drug use and overdose deaths in Langley.

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9 CN BC: Access To Methadone, Detox Key To RecoveryFri, 09 Dec 2016
Source:Langley Times (CN BC) Author:Tamminga, Monique Area:British Columbia Lines:135 Added:12/10/2016

Drug interventionist Andy Bhatti, a former heroin user himself, said addicts need more access to immediate treatment and to methadone if lives are going to be saved.

"There is a two-to three-month wait for a publicly-funded treatment beds and private treatment can cost up to $7,500 a month," said Bhatti.

He's sending some of his clients to Thailand to a high-end treatment centre that costs less than half that amount. He claims there is a full-time psychologist there as well as other therapies.

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10 CN BC: Drug Users Playing Russian RouletteFri, 09 Dec 2016
Source:Langley Times (CN BC) Author:Tamminga, Monique Area:British Columbia Lines:143 Added:12/10/2016

As a funeral director in Aldergrove, John Romeyn organizes three to four funerals a month for families who have lost a loved one to fentanyl.

"A father I sat with a while ago, between sobs of grief, said to me, 'I promised to take my daughter shopping for an outfit to wear for her graduation. . . . now I have to decide what she will wear in her casket.'

"I sit across the table from these families and they are heartbroken, they have lost everything. I made a promise that I have to do something," he said.

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11 CN BC: Discarded Needles A Growing Challenge For CityFri, 23 Sep 2016
Source:Langley Times (CN BC) Author:Tamminga, Monique Area:British Columbia Lines:94 Added:09/26/2016

Unlimited distribution, but no pick-up

As part of its harm reduction strategy, Fraser Health offers an unlimited supply of needles to intravenous drug users. But the local health authority does not recover those needles once they've been used - - a fact which has become more evident in Langley parks, streets, at the doorways of businesses and on trails and even school grounds throughout the Township and City.

A sharps disposal box and its spilled contents was found near the Cascades Casino parkade recently, and a needle stabbed into the grass at Douglas Park was pictured from August on the Langley City Crime Watch Facebook page.

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12 CN BC: LTE: Marijuana Is Not A Wonder DrugFri, 19 Aug 2016
Source:Langley Times (CN BC) Author:Dick, L. Area:British Columbia Lines:35 Added:08/20/2016

Editor: Regarding "A Taste of his own medicine" (the Times, Aug 5) front page article regarding Randy Caine.

Please do not glorify this disease. It is no surprise that a long time marijuana smoker is diagnosed with lung cancer. Smoking anything long-term causes lung cancer, and the prognosis is never good.

Randy Caine regained the use of his left hand because of conventional treatment, ie: radiation and chemotherapy.

The return of his sense of taste and the regrowth of his hair, happens to everyone, not just cannabis users.

This man ingested a toxic drug for years and he is paying the price. Your story made it sound like marijuana is a wonder drug.

It is not.

L. Dick,



13 CN BC: A Taste Of His Own Medicine For Langley Marijuana AdvocateFri, 05 Aug 2016
Source:Langley Times (CN BC) Author:Ferguson, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:130 Added:08/09/2016

Medical marijuana advocate battles cancer with cannabis

At first, he thought it was a shoulder injury.

When the pain in his left shoulder started, Randy Caine thought his days working in construction had caught up with him.

"I thought I had a rotator cuff injury."

Then, in June of last year, Caine noticed a lump on his neck

It was lung cancer, what is known as a Pancoast tumor, a slow-moving growth that had spread into nearby muscles and bone.

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14 CN BC: City Firefighters Wonat Carry Anti-overdose DrugWed, 13 Apr 2016
Source:Langley Times (CN BC) Author:Ferguson, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:71 Added:04/14/2016

Under current rules, firefighters have to wait for a doctor's permission to administer naloxone

Langley City firefighters won't carry the anti-overdose drug naloxone, even though the department is seeing an increase in related medical calls.

City Fire Chief Rory Thompson told the April 4 meeting of City council that if the current numbers hold, Langley Fire Rescue will have handled 240 to 260 overdose cases this year, compared to 80 last year.

Much of that, Chief Thompson said, is because of fentanyl, an extremely powerful synthetic painkiller that is up to 100 times more potent than morphine.

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15 CN BC: Aldergrove Medical Pot Dispensary 'Nipped In The Bud'Wed, 23 Mar 2016
Source:Langley Times (CN BC) Author:Langmann, Kurt Area:British Columbia Lines:79 Added:03/24/2016

While "medical marijuana dispensaries" are as ubiquitous as coffee shops in downtown Vancouver, municipal governments in the Fraser Valley are nipping these operations in the bud.

Dave Smith and four other directors of the Motacan Compassion Society opened their doors on 271 Street in downtown Aldergrove on February 1 and within days received a letter from Bull & Hauser, the solicitors for the Township of Langley, demanding that they cease operations by Feb. 29.

Smith says Motacan's directors "are trying to follow the regulations and rules" and have tried to talk to the Township staff and council about how they could meet those requirements, but "no one will talk to us, they all refer us to the lawyers (Bull & Hauser)."

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16 CN BC: Grow-op Operator Unable To MoveWed, 16 Sep 2015
Source:Langley Times (CN BC) Author:Ferguson, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:74 Added:09/20/2015

Legal Battle Over Health Canada Licences Makes It Impossible to Relocate

The owner of a medicinal marijuana grow-op in a Walnut Grove residential neighbourhood is following all applicable safety and ventilation regulations, said Township manager of bylaw enforcement Bill Storie.

That was the outcome of an inspection ordered after people living next to the house where the grow-op is located complained to the Township in August.

Storie told The Times that the owner of the facility is unable to move to another location because Health Canada has stopped issuing new medicinal marijuana growing licences.

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17 CN BC: Editorial: Not A GreenhouseWed, 19 Aug 2015
Source:Langley Times (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:76 Added:08/20/2015

Imagine if the house next door to you was growing mushrooms or potatoes or some other kind of agricultural crop in the basement.

Imagine that there were times when you could smell the odor of fertilizer wafting over the fence.

If you lived in a residential neighbourhood, you might be unhappy about that. You might complain that a house should not be used as a commercial greenhouse.

And if you were told the person has a legal right to do what they were doing, you might get upset, just as some people in a Langley neighbourhood became indignant when they found out a house on their street is running a legal grow-op, and that very little can be done about it.

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18 CN BC: Grow-Op Next DoorFri, 14 Aug 2015
Source:Langley Times (CN BC) Author:Ferguson, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:122 Added:08/14/2015

Walnut Grove House With a Legal Marijuana Grow-Op Frustrates Neighbours

Frustrated residents of a Walnut Grove neighbourhood say they would have been better off with an illegal grow-op instead of the licensed medicinal marijuana growing operation that operates out of a house on their street.

Because the owner of the house has a Health Canada licence to grow the marijuana, neither the Langley RCMP or the Township of Langley bylaw enforcement office can close it down.

It has been a maddening experience for Margaret and her husband Paul, who live on one side of the grow-op, while Chris and Elizabeth live on the other (For safety reasons, The Times is not using their last names nor divulging their addresses).

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19 CN BC: B.C. Appetite for Pot Reform Riding High: PollWed, 15 Jul 2015
Source:Langley Times (CN BC) Author:Nagel, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:80 Added:07/15/2015

Two-thirds of British Columbians surveyed endorse marijuana legalization

B.C. has a strong appetite for marijuana reform with more than 70 per cent of respondents to a new poll urging either legalization or decriminalization.

The Insights West survey found 67 per cent said they support outright legalization, 28 per cent opposed it and five per cent were undecided.

Support was slightly stronger among women, the under-35 age group and Vancouver Island residents, but at least 65 per cent back legalization in every region and within each age group.

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20 CN BC: Editorial: The Drug DebatesFri, 26 Jun 2015
Source:Langley Times (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:49 Added:07/01/2015

The debate in Langley City over the number of pharmacies which have set up shop is actually part of a larger debate involving the use of drugs in society - legal, illegal, tested, patented and perhaps somewhere in between.

In Vancouver, council has approved legalizing medicinal marijuana dispensaries. These have popped up in that city on many corners, and because they exist in a gray zone, with medicinal marijuana legal, but only available from federally-approved sellers, the business is flourishing.

In Langley City, council has been unable to limit the number of pharmacies setting up shop. They operate legal businesses, and because many of them dispense methadone, which is a legal drug, some people think there is a link to criminal activity. That has yet to be proven.

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